Coronavirus as a present? – iBelieve Fact: A devotion for ladies

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Coronavirus as a gift?
By Victoria Riollano

And I am certain that God, who has started the good work in you, will continue to work until it is finished on the day that Christ Jesus returns. – Philippians 1: 6

Unexpected, forced, necessary, isolation.

Many of us can refer to the above statement with little effort. Without warning, many people around the world experienced a sudden change in their lives. We cannot work as usual, are avoided because we go to church, and can no longer take our children to school. We can agree that we had little time to adjust. While many complain, hide in fear, and wonder where God is in all of this, I have to wonder if this is an opportunity.

An opportunity to bring people back to God.

An opportunity to deviate from “business as usual”.

An opportunity for personal growth.

An opportunity to do what God called us to do that we were previously too busy for.

We have the ability not to be a victim of circumstances, but to allow circumstances to be a crucial moment in our lives. If we really believe that "all things work together for the good for those who love God" (Romans 8:28), then we should expect that even the COVID-19 crisis can be used to make God move .

In Exodus 1: 8-12 we see a story of oppression that contains a subtle hint of how we can use the most difficult scenarios to our advantage. In this passage, the Israelites continue to live in Egypt. This apartment in Egypt originally started with the fact that her ancestor Joseph had so much favor during his lifetime. However, when Joseph died and many years passed, the Egyptians forgot who Joseph was and saw that the Israelites were more numerous than they could imagine.

So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slaves over them, hoping to wear them down with devastating work. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king. But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and disseminatedand the more alarmed the Egyptians became (Exodus 1: 11-12).

In other words, the more they were suppressed, the more they grew. The more she gave birth! In this time of year when gravity and despair seem to be common, we have the opportunity to grow. We have the opportunity to give birth to what God has called us to do. We can choose not to be frustrated by the frustration, but to increase our influence.

There is no better time to go back to the drawing board and look for the Lord for what He has called you to do. What if this time of silence is your opportunity to start your blog, write your business plan, or start online courses? What if this is your chance to invest in a dying relationship or study your Bible in a new way? In other words, we have been given the opportunity to rise above our circumstances and do something new.

Let us not look back and regret not having used this time! It is up to us to decide whether we allow oppression to stop us or catapult us! Refuse to allow this momentary pause to cheat yourself for what God calls you to do. In the meantime, may we continue to pray for those who may be injured during this time and for the full healing of everyone affected by COVID-19.

And I am certain that God, who has started the good work in you, will continue to work until it is finished on the day that Christ Jesus returns. – Philippians 1: 6

Victoria Riollano is an author, blogger and speaker. A mother of six, a military wife, professor of psychology and wife of the Minister, Victoria learned the art of reconciling the family and achieving God's ultimate purpose in life. Victoria recently published her book The Victory Walk: A 21-day prayer for a victorious life. Her ultimate wish is to empower women to live a life of victory, hope, and love. She believes that with Christ we can live a life that ALWAYS wins. You can find out more about their service at

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